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LBGT Atheist/Secular Humanist commented on Kevin Benbow's blog post How an atheist deals with the death of a loved one
"Sounds like your Grandfather was an all around good person and independent thinker. I relish talking to others (especially older folks) who are 'real' and speak from wisdom, wisdom often born of pain. My partner…"
Dec 28, 2011
LBGT Atheist/Secular Humanist commented on Kevin Benbow's blog post Growing up
"Most people prefer taking the easy path, choosing to belong to an accepted group that society condones as being unquestionably 'right'. People blatantly flaunt the christian fish and cross symbols on vehicles, businesses and…"
Dec 28, 2011
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Kevin Benbow's blog post Growing up
"If only we'd grow up, collectively, fast enough to avoid self destruction as a species. Thanks for sharing your story. In the beginning I imagined the speaker was a young person still living at home. Only when you spoke of children did it…"
Dec 24, 2011
Sentient Biped commented on Kevin Benbow's blog post Growing up
"Kevin That's cool!"
Dec 23, 2011
Kevin Benbow commented on Kevin Benbow's blog post Growing up
"Sentient, we could change the old Neil Sedaka song . . ."Growing up is hard to doo-oo . . . Don't take my go------d away from me . . . . "  :)"
Dec 23, 2011
Sentient Biped commented on Kevin Benbow's blog post Growing up
"Growing up is good.  Sometimes it's hard, but it's good."
Dec 23, 2011
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Growing up

In March of 1985 I took the plunge and converted to Christianity.In March of 2003 I told my family that I was an atheist. I am fortunate in that my family supported my decision.   In fact, they strongly encouraged my decision to get off the “Crazy Train” of Christianity.  We were Fundamental Baptists and I think that they had just about had enough of the rules and regulations that governed every detail of our lives.My departure from religion left a major void in my thinking.  When a person…See More
Dec 22, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Actually, the concept of "enlightened self interest" comes from Albert Ellis and other cognitive theorists.  For the record, I'm not a full-blown follower of Rand, but, like other philosophers, there are points she made…"
Dec 15, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Alice, it isn't me dressing anything up.  The concept of enlightened self interest has been around in psychological circles for many years. Your description of meeting ones needs while meeting the needs of others is, in fact, a description…"
Dec 15, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Ok . . .lets keep our definitions traditional then. Substitute selfishness for "enlightened self interest."  This is the basic premise of how human social relations work.  We generally do things for others because we…"
Dec 14, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Well . . . I'm not so sure its realistic for government to be altruistic.  It is composed of people who generally seek their own interests. "
Dec 14, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Well . . .you miss the point entirely.  If the mother does not take care of herself then she will not be able to take care of her baby . . .A business man who does not take care of his business will have to lay off his people.  A soldier…"
Dec 13, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Well, here's how I think about it: Mothers need to take care of themselves so that they can take care of their babies.  I need to take care of my business so that I can pay my employee.  Of course, this does not generalize to the…"
Dec 12, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"These are all great points.  I strongly agree with the sentiment that lobbyists are a major problem in our way of government.  Perhaps business should get out of government . . ."
Dec 12, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The Peter principle is an interesting concept.  I'm certain it is at work in most environments.  However, publicly funded entities are socialist by definition . . . . they receive public money to fulfill public duties.  While…"
Dec 11, 2011
Kevin Benbow replied to George's discussion Objectivism and Ayn Rand Discussion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"One of Rand's premises I truly agree with is how incompetence seems to be rewarded in socialist-type systems.  For years I worked for mental health agencies dependent on the government tit (as we all are to some extent).  Most of…"
Dec 10, 2011

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Growing up

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 5:41pm 5 Comments

In March of 1985 I took the plunge and converted to Christianity.

In March of 2003 I told my family that I was an atheist. 

I am fortunate in that my family supported my decision.   In fact, they strongly encouraged my decision to get off the “Crazy Train” of Christianity.  We were Fundamental Baptists and I think that they had just about had enough of the rules and regulations that governed every detail of our lives.

My departure from religion left a major void in my…

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Productive Dialog with Theists

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 10:48pm 3 Comments

Nobody enjoys a good argument more than I do, especially when I’m right.  As a counselor though, I am very much aware that most of the time heated arguments only serve to solidify the position one has already taken.  Consider the debates we see on the news.  Democrats and Republicans regularly skewer

each other.  We never see a Republican say “Gosh!  You’re right!  What was I thinking all this time?” Likewise, Democrats in debate generally don’t suddenly say “Wow!  Reaganomics really…

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How an atheist deals with the death of a loved one

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 4:40pm 5 Comments

A while ago I had a conversation with a friend on Facebook about dealing with the death of a loved one.  This is part of that conversation.

I've been thinking about your note that we as people tend to fear death.



My grandfather was the most ethical man I ever knew. He never went to church and even used to joke that he wasn't worried about going to hell because he would be too busy shaking all of his friend's hands. :) 



He died in December of 2000. I was in Chile…

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I was a pastor who left fundamentalism

Posted on November 6, 2011 at 1:09am 10 Comments





In March of

1985 I had a “born again” experience.  I

was 18 years old, about to enter the Air Force, and had been pondering the

meaning of life for quite some time. 

When I “accepted Christ as my personal savior” everything fell into

place.  Suddenly, there were answers to

all of life’s questions.  I was on the

road to heaven and everybody who did not believe was destined for hell.  Some of my friends thought that I had lost my

mind.  In…

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At 5:17pm on September 8, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Kevin and welcome to this friendly site with freethinkers who recognise that fictional gods and cunning religions continue to unjustly deceive and control vulnerable people beginning with defenceless children.
How tragic and inexcusable it is too that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and longer.

Terry Meaden
founder of the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 310 discussion topics.
We invite you to join us and 1830 others.
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